12-Year Old Alex Miller Earns $3,000 From Mozilla for Finding a Critical Vulnerability

Apparently finding bugs in Firefox is so easy even a child can do it. 12-year-old Alex Miller from San Jose, California proved this to be true by becoming the youngest aspiring programmer to find a buffer overflow bug in Firefox. What’s even more im…


Alex Miller

Apparently finding bugs in Firefox is so easy even a child can do it. 12-year-old Alex Miller from San Jose, California proved this to be true by becoming the youngest aspiring programmer to find a buffer overflow bug in Firefox. What’s even more impressive is that Miller did the honorable thing by turning his information over to the Mozilla team, which made him a cool $3,000 for his trouble.

Miller claims he spent about 15 hours reviewing the code before finding the bug, which has now been addressed and fixed in Firefox versions 3.5.14 and 3.6.11. If after reading this story you are inspired to go pore through the source code yourself be my guest, but about 5 minutes in I started to have nightmares about being trapped in the matrix and ran for the door.

Maybe you’ll have more luck.


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